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Hurricane Ike and my new Flip Mino!

Flip mino used with Hurricane Ike in Spring TXAbout a week before Hurricane Ike happened I received my new flip mino.  I was busy and just opened it up scanned through the instructions and thought when I have time I will learn how to use it.  I realize now that was a big mistake on my part as Hurricane Ike happened and my first time to use it was while the hurricane was happening.  There is a little bit of a learning curve involved and I ended up with a lot of short, jerky clips.  There were a few that turned out somewhat okay so I am going to share those.

The first video I am sharing was taken while the hurricane was happening and was our very first video ever.  The pine trees that you see swaying behind our neighbor's house did not fall; thank goodness.  I have not learned how to edit the videos yet so it ends with a look at the tire of my husband's car.  I uploaded these while I was visiting our daughter in New York City and should have edited them first I now see.  Since we still don't have power and I found that it took FOREVER to upload these to U tube I'm going as is.  Maybe when you get a flip video you can learn by my mistakes. 

The second video that I am sharing is of a neighbor's big pine tree that fell down in front of our house missing our truck by about a foot.  Had it swerved it could easily have taken out all three vehicles in our driveway.  The car that is covered is our son's which we are storing while he is on his second tour of Iraq as an Intelligence Analyst with the Army.  We were so blessed that the tree hit the way it did.  I would have just felt awful telling him that his car was creamed sitting in our front yard while he was serving his country.

The last video I am sharing is of a home here in Coventry that had extensive damage. I took this video today and it wasn't quite as jerky but I'm still learning and I stumbled over the word extensive but it was the best video so I'm going with it. I showed the home when it was a pre-foreclosure but I think it might have become a foreclousure as it is not presently on the market. It does not appear to have anyone that has taken care of it since the hurricane.

I'm pleased with the Mino and glad that I got it in time to take pictures of the hurricane.  It is really easy to use but I can see it will take a little practice; as with any new technology I add to my real estate arsenal.  One of my biggest frustrations was how long it takes to upload to U tube.  U tube gives a message saying it could be a few minutes; I found it to be quite a few minutes.  When I was at 30 minutes I even emailed Missy thinking I was doing something wrong but I eventually got the message "Thank you! Your upload is complete." I did remember Missy saying to close all programs and I do think that helped in the upload process.

As I said earlier I'm home from visiting our daughter in New York City and had high hopes that I would be coming back to power, cable and phone but so far I get the phone ever once in a while but no power (except with a generator) and our cable is still down (even with a generator).   We have two phone lines and our DSL is on our personal line.  For some reason when the personal line comes through the business line does not a vice versa.  Personally I just wish the personal line would stay up so I could stay connected with the Internet with our generator but that is beyond my control.  Yesterday when It was down I ended up spending my afternoon in Panera Bread as they have free Internet and air conditioning.

I thought most of the hurricane winds happened over in Kingwood but I saw on television (on our local stations as that is all we are getting) a map that showed the hurricane winds and for whatever reason there was a small circle of hurricane winds that averaged 84 that hovered over the area we live in.  I guess that explains why we have so much devastation over here.  I don't know if you follow my localism post but I often talk about our towering pine trees and they are everywhere at the moment.  I did see the electric trucks working on the trees that were hanging over the lines on Kuykendahl yesterday so I'm hopeful that our electric will be up soon.

All in all we personally have been blessed.  I work out of a home office and don't have a high overhead.  I do worry about those small Mom and Pop companies that are located in our area and are now going on two weeks without power and an income.  I hope they make it.  I think this hurricane is going to be far reaching for some time to come. 

It is funny but I'm finding one of the things I miss the most is not being able to watch Fox news. Who would have thought!!

Comment balloon 25 commentsMarchel Peterson • September 24 2008 05:38PM


Marchel, great job with your first video using the Flip Mino camera. It is slow loading to youtube from my computer too. We don't have see much coverage of the hurricane damage. This was such a wide reaching storm I am afraid it's going to take a very long time for things to get back to normal. I feel for the small business owners, I'm sure they're having a difficult time. 

Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) over 11 years ago
Debbie: Thank you!! I'm very concerned about our small businesses. I have become friends with a gal that owns a decorator shop and she was struggling before this happened so I don't know what this will do.
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Marchel, I think you did great with your Flip Mino.  I don't have one yet.  I am a scardie cat at all that stuff.  I am glad you have done okay since the Hurricane.  It is interesting the things you are used to and if they are gone from your rountine how much you miss them? 

The damaged foreclosure worries me.  The damage will be worse if no one gets to it to deal with it.  Yikes.  Glad to see you back.

Posted by Audrey June-Forshey, GRI, Gaithersburg, MD (RE/MAX Realty Services) over 11 years ago

Marchel, GREAT JOB!!! Videos make such a difference in perspective, don't they? I also love Fox news... listening right now. ;-)


Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 11 years ago

AUDREY, Thanks!  You should get one it is so EASY to use.  I was making it way too difficult but it would have been good to have practiced before I wanted it.  I think that and my scan snap are about the two easiest items I have added to my real estate arsenal.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago
TERI, I am green with envy. I am going through Fox withdrawl (lol). We are only getting the local channels and all I can say is YUCK. Videos do make a difference in perspective. I can see I'm going to like this little addition.
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Howdy Marcherl

Welcome home! I'll have to look in to that there Flip Mino.

Glad you had a good time visiting your daughter.

God Bless Texas

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 11 years ago

DALE, I had a wonderful time in New York and it was great to get away from Ike recovery for a short time.  I was sure hoping to come home to power though.  Hopefully it won't be long now.  I did see trucks working today. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

I too thought you did great - thank you for sharing them with us... I have been worried about you... thanks for letting us know you are ok did that tree in the driveway hit your car?

Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

Marchel - Great Job with the video.  Watching the trees sway brought back some memories.  I was glad to see that the big tree missed the neighbor's house.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 11 years ago

Well the circumstances we're great (and thank God you made it through relatively unscathed Marchel)........but what fun having the flip video.......I'm hoping by Christmas to get one......but really don't have a clue what to look for it a camera too or only video?

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 11 years ago

I can't believe how that big tree tore up the concrete around it Marchel.  Great job with the video, that Flip Mino seems to do well!

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) over 11 years ago

Marchel, you and I both got the Mino same color and it looks like we are learning about the same time with them. I did video with my other camera but decided to try out this flip on, too.

I think you did a great job and next time if YouTube is taking too long go try out I think it's a good one to use, too.

Hope you get your power back soon and I think you're right that this will have some long term effects on a lot of businesses, especially in this economy.

Take care and great job!

Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) over 11 years ago

THESA,The tree missed our truck by about a foot.  There was not a scratch on the truck.  It could just have easily have veered to the right and taken out all three of our vehicles that were sitting in the driveway.  We did have the truck sitting in the street in front of the house and my husband pulled it in to the driveway thinking it would be safer.  We have another huge pine tree in front of our house and we have decided to take it down before the next hurricane season.  We are doing good but I'm really ready for the power and I'm way going through Fox News with-drawl. I heard last night that only 20% are stil without power and only 20% are still without cable so I think it should be soon.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago
Jennifer, I'm really glad that big tree came down the way it did. It could easily have done damage to several houses. When I see that house that was sliced from that big pine tree it makes me shiver. We have one in our front yard and have ALWAYS debated taking it out. We regret not having the builder take it out as they let us choose what trees we wanted. We have decided that it is going!!!
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

LIZ, I decided on the Mino because it was the most recent and also the smallest.  It was wonderful to have when I was in New York City.  I could just slip it in to my pocket.  It is not bulky like a camera and I was carrying a small bag.  I understand you can stop it at a particular spot and get a picture off of it but I'm not sure it is that great of a picture.  It is easy to use but I have only learned the basics so far.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Marchel,  I'm no authority on Flip cameras, but you don't have to apologize for your recordings,  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 11 years ago

Hi Marchel, you did a great job for just getting started.  It is so hard, most people have no clue of the howling sustained high winds for hours.  The trees were a very dangerous issue.  You guys were really blessed to have most of them fall in the streets.  I would not have wanted to call your son either telling him his truck is history.  Nice vidcasts.  I wrote a script and did mine with a script.  This is such great technology and will become very important in the future.  Very nice Marchel.

Posted by Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust! (Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions") over 11 years ago

The Flip Mino... I haven't heard of it.  Looks like the video's a pretty good.  You can see from the first to the last that you were more comfortable using the video... you even added commentary.

I agree with you on the mom and pop shops.  I assume it is quite a hit they take for not being in business for weeks.  If they still have a building though, at least they are lucky enough that they will not be shut down for several months.  I suppose in that situation,  you are happy that there was only small delay.  Thank you for sharing.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 11 years ago

PATRICIA, I remember seeing the destruction from Catarina when we drove my daughter to New York to live.  I had no idea that someday I would see something similar in my own back yard.  It is amazing the way the trees are just picked up like pick up sticks.  I'm pleased with the Flip Mino.  I remember having this huge video camera and I don't think the qulity was as good as this Mino.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

GENA, I'm excited to tell you that our power came back on this afternoon.  I didn't realize how much I took it for granted until I didn't have it.  I will have to check Vimeo out as U tube just takes so darn long.  I am having fun with the Mino.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Karen, I appreciate that.  I guess we are all critical of our own work.  I wish I had played with it before I really wanted to use it as I would have realized that I needed to make longer videos.  I have bunches of really short clips of the hurricane.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

GARY, Thanks!  I am so glad that I did not have to tell my son his car was hit by a tree while sitting in our driveway.  His vehicle is not that old truck it is an Infinity G35 that is covered with the car cover; in front of the old truck.  I would have been so bummed to tell him that his little car was creamed. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

John, I just found out about the Flip Mino a few months ago and finally got around to purchasing one.  It does get more comfortable the more you use it.  You feel kind of silly talking in it but when I was walking around the smashed house it was just me so no big deal.

I worry abour our little Mom and Pop stores.  I know that a few of them were just barely making it before the storm.  I do hope they make it. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Marchel, it was good to see that you and yours were doing well! The flip does a pretty good job doesn't it? We have started using one for some walking tours of homes and testimonials and I find it to be quite belpful and easy to use. You are already putting it to good use though.

Posted by Birmingham Alabama Real Estate, Stephen Wolfe ( over 11 years ago

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